Trade-down desire could be division-wide

April, 18, 2013
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There has been a lot of talk about the willingness of the Kansas City Chiefs (who have the No. 1 overall draft pick) and the Oakland Raiders (No. 3) to trade down in the draft if the opportunity presents itself.

They may not be alone. I wouldn’t be shocked if both the San Diego Chargers (No. 11) and the Denver Broncos (No. 28) were interested in trading down in the first round as well.

In fact, it may be easier for the Chargers and Broncos to bail out of their first-round spot than it will be for the Chiefs and the Raiders. There may not be much interest at the top of the draft because of a lack of top quarterback talent and the price will be high.

Later in the draft, however, as the board falls, interest always develops. I think the Chargers and the Broncos will both have their ears open.

If Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson is off the board in the top 10 picks, I think San Diego will listen to offers. The Chargers have several needs, so more picks would be helpful.

Denver traded out of the first round last year and I can see it happening again. The general consensus is the talent available from picks 25-45 are all fairly equal players, so Denver would be tempted to get more picks and slide down a bit.

Of course, most of the action will occur once the draft starts, but don’t be surprised if you hear about every team in the division being involved trade talks.


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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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